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How to Find the Perfect Night Cream for Your Skin

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Need a new night cream?

The search for the perfect product can sometimes seem next-to-impossible, but, today, you’re in luck. This Vine Vera guide explains everything that you need to know when looking for a new night cream. 


Can You Use a Day Cream at Night?

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Now to quickly address this commonly-asked question: can’t a day cream be used at night too, instead of a dedicated night cream?

Yes, definitely. There’s nothing wrong with using a day cream at night, and this is far better than not using any cream at all.

However, night cream formulas are different from day creams. They are designed to support how your skin cells function at night, which is very different from how they function during the day.

Day Creams vs Night Creams

During the day, your skin has so much environmental stress to deal with. UV radiation, pollution, chemicals…the list goes on. For this reason, your skin really puts up its defences during the day. It spends most of its resources (ie. nutrients, water, energy, and more) on protecting itself. Day creams usually contain protective ingredients to help with this.

On the other hand, once you go to sleep at night, your skin can then focus on healing and repairing damage, creating new skin cells, building collagen and elastin fibers, and so much more. Again, night creams are formulated to support these functions. They contain restorative and strengthening ingredients, which your skin cells will be able to put to immediate use.

So, when it comes down to it, so long as the cream that you’re using contains the ingredients that your skin needs at night, then it’s likely to be a great choice! 

Here are a couple of moisturizers that work well for both day and night:

Resveratrol Vitamin C Moisturizer

Vitamin C is an ingredient that pretty much everybody would benefit from using, making this moisturizer a must-have in your skin care routine, no matter your skin type. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that protects and supports skin cells, while the other botanicals in this cream work to improve skin tone and texture.

Resveratrol Shiraz Instentic Facelift

This silky moisturizer is wonderfully non-greasy, making it a great anti-aging solution for those with normal and oily skin types. Its active ingredients include DMAE, which offers an instant tightening effect, along with resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant that reverses skin damage.


Know Your Skin Type

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Before even starting to look at the various night creams out there, you need to know what your skin type is.


Because the night cream that you use needs to be formulated for your skin type in order for it to provide maximum benefits.

How to Identify Your Skin Type

Not quite sure what your skin type is?

Have a read through the following to see which skin type your skin most resembles:

  • Dry Skin – Rough and flaky. Sometimes itchy, easily irritated, and can often feel tight. Look for products that contain humectants, such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid, as well as plant butters and oils
  • Oily Skin – Looks and feels greasy. Prone to acne breakouts. Look for products containing salicylic acid, witch hazel, and retinol. Non-comedogenic oils, such as jojoba oil, can be useful too
  • Combination Skin – A mixture of oily and dry. The oiliness most commonly affects the T-zone, while the dryness affects the cheeks. You’ll need two sets of products, one to target each area of your face
  • Normal Skin – Skin that is perfectly balanced, without any of the above issues. Feel free to experiment with the many exciting skin care products out there!
  • Sensitive Skin – Skin that is prone to redness and irritation. You’ll need ingredients that are soothing and gentle, such as calendula extract, chamomile extract, and plant butters. Avoid anything heavily fragranced, as fragrances are a big culprit when it comes to triggering skin sensitivities

Keep in mind that your skin type can change, both because of age as well as with the seasons. This means that you’ll need to keep reassessing your skin type in order to ensure that your night cream is always suitable.

One great moisturizer for all skin types is the Resveratrol Malbec DNA Redefying Cream. With its variety of different plant oils and butters, as well as the hydrating properties of seaweed extract, this lush moisturizer would be the perfect addition to your skin care routine if you’ve got dry skin. It’s the perfect blend for dealing with skin aging too, whether this may be fine lines and wrinkles or dark spots.


Identify Specific Skin Concerns

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Now that we’ve gotten the basics out of the way, it’s time to have a think about the specific skin concerns that you want your night cream to address.

The time during which you are asleep is when your skin works to regenerate and heal itself, making this a great time to use supportive products.

Has your list of skin concerns gotten pretty long?

While there are plenty of night creams out there that promise to multi-task, it’s best looking for one that focuses on one or two specific issues. This way, all of the ingredients within it will be geared towards those specific skin concerns, meaning better results.

So, identify the biggest skin concern that you want to target, along with one or two others. Some of the most common are:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Loss of elasticity
  • Rough skin texture
  • Dark spots
  • Dullness
  • An uneven skin tone

If you’re looking for an effective anti-aging moisturizer, try the Resveratrol Cabernet High Potency Night Cream. This is a night cream designed to tackle the visible signs of aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. It’s a formula that’s well-suited to dry skin, and is also soothing enough for some sensitive skin types to use without any problems.

While it’s important to focus on your face, don’t forget about your neck and your chest either. These areas age just as quickly as the face, meaning that they need just as much TLC. In addition to using a night cream on your face, try this decadent formula for your neck and chest to keep this part of your body looking smooth, tight, and youthful.


Understand Ingredients

If you’ve come this far, then by now you should know your skin type and have identified the skin concerns you’re looking to treat.

You are now armed with enough information to start your night cream search.

Most skin care websites make it pretty easy to filter out products by skin type and skin concern. However, just because a product’s description promises to target specific issues, this doesn’t mean that you should immediately believe it.

Marketing is a clever thing, and it’s easy to be persuaded and misled by strategically-used words.

Of course, product samples can be useful at this stage. However, many products, especially those that are triggering changes in the deeper layers of your skin, will take a couple of weeks, if not months, to really make a difference. A sample sized product definitely won’t last that long!

So, how do you know if a product is really going to do what its packaging says it does?

That’s simple – take a look at the ingredient list.

Learning How to Read a Skincare Ingredient List

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All good skincare products will have an ingredient list. If the one you’re considering doesn’t, then steer clear.

However, for those who are new to the world of skin care, that long list of scientific names, many of which may look impossible to pronounce, can seem overwhelming.

Don’t worry – while it may take a bit of time, learning how to read an ingredient list will make you a much smarter skin care shopper in the future.

To start with, look at the order of the ingredients. This will reflect how much of each ingredient has been used in that product. The first ingredient on the list is the one that the majority of the product is made up of, while the last ingredient on the list has been used in very small amounts.

Now, when it comes to the individual ingredients on that list, this is going to require a little research on your part. You want to make sure that the ingredients used are suitable for your skin type, while also being capable of treating your skin concerns. While you don’t need to look up every single ingredient on that list, the first five to ten are the most important.


Ethical and Environmental Values

If ethics and the environment matter to you, then it’s important to make sure that the skin care brands that you use align to these values too. After all, you don’t want to be supporting a business that’s completely opposite something that you strongly believe in.

Animal Testing

One subject that really matters to many is animal testing. While there may not have been much of an alternative to this back in the day, scientific advancements mean that there really is no need to test cosmetic products on animals now.

Here at Vine Vera, animal testing is something that we are very strongly opposed to. We would never test any of our products on animals.

Harmful Preservatives

Preservatives are always going to be a necessity in skin care products. However, while preservatives may have gotten a bad rep over the years, they’re not all bad.

That being said, any brand that does use damaging preservatives is one that you should question. Take parabens as an example. This groups of preservatives has been strongly linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues. They have also been found in the bodies of marine animals, showing devastating environmental effects.

For this reason, you won’t find any parabens in Vine Vera skincare products.


Sustainability is becoming increasingly important to people. Make sure that your chosen skin care brand holds up to sustainability standards. Packaging should be easily recyclable, and any botanical ingredients used should be sustainable to grow and harvest.


Set a Budget

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When it comes to the many different skin care products out there, there are some that are worth investing in more than others, and a night cream is one of them.

A good night cream will truly look after your skin while you sleep, allowing you to wake up to a healthier and nourished complexion. This is a product that is worth spending a little extra on, even if this means that you need to cut your budget back in other areas of your skin care routine.

Plus, now that you understand how to find the perfect night cream, chances are that you won’t be willing to settle for anything less, even if that means spending a little bit more!

Found a night cream that you really cannot afford?

Be patient – you may find that it is put on sale in the near future. Signing up for that brand’s newsletter can help to ensure that you’re in-the-know when new sales are available.

Many brands, including Vine Vera, also offer giveaways and discount codes on social media, so click on that follow button!


It’s Time to Find the Perfect Night Cream!

When you first get started, shopping for a night cream can seem stressful. However, once you know more about what you’re looking for, and can also understand those crazy ingredient lists, the process becomes much more enjoyable. It’s a great feeling to be able to take control of your skin’s needs, and taking the time to find the perfect night cream is a good way to get started.

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Are You Listening To Your Skin?

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At first it was great. Everyone could see the difference. Even your sister had to admit how great you looked. And then, it stopped. The glow was gone. The product didn’t seem to be working anymore. Your love affair with your new skin care product was over. But was there anything you could do? Yes, apparently. Keep reading to find out how you can keep your relationships with your skin products from going stale.

Is Your Skin Care Routine Becoming Too Routine?

Most people prefer sticking to a routine, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Routines keep our lives in order, they give structure to our day, and that applies to skin care as well. However, every once in a while, our skin may be trying to tell us something.

According to Marina Peredo, MD, ”Our skin is as unique as out fingerprint, meaning there is no one-size-fits-all approach.” She recommends the use of  a good cleanser, astringent, daily toner, and a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. As Suneel Chilikuri, MD, points out, ”Unless you’re using a topical prescription, your skin does not build an immunity to skin care products over time.”

When Should You Make A Change?

However, your skin does tend to change. Stress, the changing of seasons, age and hormonal fluctuations can all affect the state of your skin, and you may need to make some appropriate changes. Dermatologic surgeon Sejal Shah, MD, says, “As your skin’s needs change, you may note that a product may not be working as well, so it may be time for a change.”

How Much Change Is Too Much?

While Shah encourages change, she also acknowledges that some changes may be the wrong ones. She cautions against using ineffective or overly harsh products that can cause dryness, breakouts, or irritation, especially given that people tend to treat acne with products that strip skin of lipids and moisture.

Chilukuri says that the frequent use of overly powerful products can cause skin to overproduce sebum, which can clog pores, leading to acne, dry patches, and irritation. “When harsh products are used over time,” says the doctor, “the barrier becomes disturbed and the skin gets red and sensitive. Conversely, someone using overly emollient products who doesn’t need them will likely begin to breakout.”

What Should You Be Using Every Day?

Most skin experts will agree on the importance of a daily sunscreen for UV protection. Likewise, most toners, moisturizers, and cleanser can be used every day, although specific products may vary based on certain factors. Exfoliation scrubs should be limited to weekly use to avoid irritated skin.

What’s your skin been telling you lately? What changes are you making to keep things interesting? Let us know.

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Before Bed Rituals That Make Your Skin Smile

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Sometimes, after a long day, the last thing you want to do is more. At these times,  the thought of just looking in the mirror can be exhausting, much less the thought of applying layers of creams and lotions to your face. However, tired though you may be, before bed is really the best time for skin care. After all, you can literally do the hard part “in your sleep.” Here are some pre-slumber rituals that can pay off in the morning.

Double Cleanse

You know how hard it can be to find makeup products that stay on, but sometimes, they can be equally as hard to take off. “Long lasting” eyeliner, foundations, mascara, and shadows all contain polymers that don’t easily dissolve with soap or water based removers. Luckily, you have only to look to Korean skin care for the answer. The method of double cleansing, an invaluable part of the Korean 10-step ritual, involves the use of two types of cleansers to make sure you get all your makeup off.

Use an oil-based cleanser first to remove makeup, followed by a gentle non-soap cleanser to clean up any residue. The oil is much more effective at breaking down the polymers and waxes in your long-wear products.


Your skin will really thank you for this. You don’t need a sauna to clean out your pores. Just step into a steamy shower stall for a minute or two before washing your face. Avoid contact with water, just expose your face to the steam long enough to allow your pores to open.

You can get similar results by wetting a hand towel and sticking it in the microwave for about 20 seconds. Remove from microwave and gently pat the towel on your face to loosen oil and dirt for a deep cleanse.

Bring Out The Dead

If your skin is looking less than radiant, dead skin cells may be the cause. Although the unwelcome hangers-on are supposed to shed on their own every 28 days, unfortunately this is not always the case. Speed them along by using an alpha-hydroxy-based cleanser twice weekly. The acids in these cleansers can reach deeper into your skin than most physical scrubs, loosening and breaking bonds between dead skin cells. If you are acne-prone, look for a cleanser with salicylic acid to keep breakouts to a minimum.


Hydrating overnight masks can plump your skin, decreasing appearance of wrinkles and soothing skin after exfoliation. Apply a hydrating mask before turning in. These lightweight gel masks are made primarily of water and glycerin, which are lightweight and help skin lock in moisture while pulling additional moisture from the air. For best results, store in the refrigerator. A cold mask will tone down redness in the skin by tightening pores and constricting blood vessels.

Sleep On Your Back

Sleeping in a fetal position is natural, but, unfortunately, sheets and pillows can lead to crease marks. Research also shows that the added pressure on your face can lead to wrinkles. In other words, if you sleep on your right side, chances are, you will develop more wrinkles on that side. If you can possibly resist the temptation to curl into a tight ball, use a silk pillowcase to prop your head up and prevent fluids from pooling under your eyes. You may want to dot some caffeine including eye cream around your eyes for double duty.

Buenos noches, all! Let us know how you keep your skin happy in the morning!

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Using Antioxidants to Boost Your Skin Care Routine

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You were born a fighter. How can you tell? Because you come with a built-in arsenal. Sure, the sun may be a formidable opponent, and oxidative stress is no walk in the park, but your skin can handle it. That’s because Mother Nature looks out for her babies. Antioxidants are molecules found in plants and animals, ourselves included, that protect our skin against free radical damage. Although our bodies produce their own, it doesn’t hurt to get a little outside help. Here’s how you can be sure to take full advantage of what your Mother (Nature) gave you.

Vitamins C and E and Selenium

Research shows that vitamins C and E, and selenium are among the most effective antioxidants when it comes to protecting skin against sun damage, and may even reverse wrinkles and discoloration. Karen E. Burke, MD, PhD, of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine recommends supplements which contain 1,000 to 3,000 milligrams of vitamin C, 400 IU vitamin E and 100-200 micrograms of selenium to speed up skin repair and prevent further damage.

Coenzyme Q10

More familiarly known as CoQ10, Coenzyme Q10 is a natural enzyme which promotes cell growth and protects cells from cancer. According to a study published in the journal Biofactors, using 0.3% concentration of CoQ10 helped to significantly reduce the appearance of wrinkles in participants.

Alpha-lipoic Acid

This antioxidant can be applied topically in cream form to protect against sun damage. Research has shown creams with a 3-5% concentration of alpha-lipoic acid have led to noticeable improvement in the appearance of sun damaged skin.

Retinoic Acid

Often referred to as the “gold standard” in anti-aging, retinoic acid is the active form of vitamin A and has been proven to effectively treat age spots, wrinkles, and rough skin resulting from sun exposure. The Journal of Dermatological Science published a study which found the antioxidant actually restored elastic fibers in the skin, and minimized the appearance of wrinkles. Retinoic acid can be found in cream and gel form, and is usually used once a day, although its high potency can lead to skin irritation in sensitive skin.  Burke suggests starting with low concentrations, (0.01% in gels and 0.1 % in creams) every second or third evening until you can gage your skin’s reaction.


Bust out the green tea and chocolate! A three-month German study published in the Journal of Nutrition showed that women who drank hot cocoa with a high concentration of flavanoids had smoother, softer skin than those whose hot cocoa with a lower concentration.  Another study, from the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that skin treated with a green tea extract was better protected against sun exposure than untreated skin.

B Vitamins

B vitamins are typically sound in foods such as chicken, eggs, and fortified grain products and are essential for skin cells and cells throughout the body. One study, done by researcher in Kawasaki, Japan found that a vitamin B-6 derived topical application protected against skin damage from the sun and decreased wrinkles in hairless mice.

How are you using what Mother Nature gave you to stay beautiful? Let us know which antioxidants you think are most beneficial. We love to hear from you.

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7 Habits of People with Awesome Skin

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We’ve all seen some people with great skin and, sure, we’d all love to chew their ear off about what they do every day to maintain it, but we can’t just corner them and subject them to interrogation. At least, it is not recommended.  However, we can do some research and try to find out for ourselves.  Here are seven habits of people with flawless skin.

They Use Sun Protection

Of course, people with great skin use sunscreen religiously, but they also realize how important it is to reapply and reinforce. Dermatologist Elizabeth Tanzi, Md and founder of Capital Laser and Skin care should know.  She says, “I found that although sunscreen is good, I was still getting a tan while wearing it.  I’ve had three skin cancers, so I’m fanatical about wearing hats and sun protective clothing.” Dermatologist Karyn Grossman, MD., even had a UV blocking film added to her car windows.

They Use Chemical Exfoliators Instead of Physical Scrubs

Grossman says, “I’m not a big believer in scrubs.  People tend to over scrub their skin, which can cause micro tears that lead to irritation. She favors chemical exfoliators like alpha hydroxy acids and retinoids which trigger turnover in cells and are, “also collagen stimulators.”

They Remove Makeup Before Bed

Sleeping with makeup on is a sure way to clog pores and lead to inflammation and breakouts. It’s best to wash with a gentle cleanser, but Grossman advises leaving make up removing pads on the bedside table, in case you are too exhausted to get a proper wash in.

They Wash with Lukewarm Water

People with great skin know that hot water strips skin of its natural moisturizing oils.  Tanzi says, “I don’t go in hot tubs or steam rooms, and I’ll take a warm shower and wash my face with tepid water.”

They Keep Stress Levels Down

A study in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology found evidence that stress can affect the way the outer layers of your skin operate and can cause irritation, redness, and wrinkles. Courtney Dunlop, beauty editor notes, “When I get anxious, I furrow my eyebrows, and I can see faint lines – the dreaded ’11s’- starting to form there, so I make it a point to relax my face as much as possible throughout the day. I also find that regular exercise and deep breathing helps lower stress.”

They Leave Pimples Alone

People with great skin don’t always get pimples, but, when they do, they don’t pop them.  Grossman says, “Inflammation is the problem, so I’ll dab a 1% hydrocortisone cream on the spot several times a day to decrease inflammation,” but she says that, “if the pimple is very white, you can squeeze it once. If one push doesn’t do the trick, you need to leave it alone.”

They Sweat

Celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas tells us that, if there’s one thing about people with great skin, is that they aren’t afraid to break a sweat. “Exercise is important because it helps keep circulation going and stimulates the lymphatic system, which brings nutrients to and carries away waste from the skin.” Need more incentive? A study conducted at McMaster University in Canada found that individuals over 40 who get regular exercise have skin closer in composition to that of a 20 or 30 year old than those who’d don’t.

Now, we can’t guarantee that people with great skin don’t have a little something extra up their sleeves, but you can pretty much bet these habits apply. Got good skin habits we haven’t mentioned?  Let us know!

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The Benefits of a PM Mask

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The concept of the face mask is nothing new.  It normally involves applying a formula, waiting said amount of time for the ingredients to do their magic, and wiping it off.  However, the concept of the overnight mask takes it one step further, allowing for a more intense treatment for a longer time period, when your skin is most receptive to its benefits. 

Types of Overnight Masks

Overnight masks are available for dry skin, anti-aging, delicate skin, and acne prone skin. Look for the one which addresses your skin concerns best.  If you are dealing with dry skin or dryness resulting from an acne or laser treatment, you will probably want to look for a mask aimed at restoring moisture. However, if you are prone to acne breakouts, hydrating formulas may not be the best choice.

Anti-aging masks are concerned with firming skin and increasing radiance.  Dr. Fusco comments on the efficiency of these masks.  “My patients are always saying how busy they are, and how they need to rush out of the house, limiting the products they use and the opportunity for layering. An anti-aging overnight mask solves that problem.”

The Benefits of Overnight Masks

For Deep Hydration

Your skin takes a daily beating from unhealthy eating, stress and exposure to the elements.  Overnight facial hydrating masks, bring back moisture lost during the day, allowing rehydration of the deepest layers of skin, restoring the moisture barrier and preparing skin for the next day.

Brightens Skin

Dirt and makeup can clog your pores and cause dead skin cells to form.  Overnight masks exfoliate while you sleep, working to slough off the dead layer so that you awaken to noticeably brighter skin. Look for masks containing essential oils to deliver radiance and hyaluronic and glycolic acids to add moisture.

Reverses Skin Damage

The essential vitamins in the skincare formula contain healing ingredients to undo damage from UV rays and dust. Search ingredient labels for antioxidants like vitamin C and retinoids to deliver on this front.


  1. Apply mask to freshly washed skin, as clogged pores will interfere with penetration.
  2. Use mask generously, covering your entire face and neck.  Massage it into your skin gently, allowing the formula to absorb.
  3. Apply the mask at least 30 minutes before sleep to make sure that most of it does not end up on your bedding.

If you have had a one night stand with a face mask, let us know how it went!  What kinds of face masks work the best for you?

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Skin Care Routine for Cold Days and Nights

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If our skin was made for cold weather, there would be a lot lesser celebrities vacationing in Ibiza.  Cracked, dry, and flaking skin never makes for a good look and, for some of us, the cold weather is a constant  battle to keep  our skin hydrated and Ibiza is not always in the cards.  But, take heart, even if your not bound for the tropics this winter, there is hope for your skin.

Go Light on The Moisturizer

Even though intuition may steer you toward a rich moisturizer, thicker isn’t necessarily better, especially if you have oily skin.  Dr. Perricone says, “It’s not the viscosity of the products that makes the difference, its the level of active ingredients.”  Oil-based formulas are likely to cause breakout; concentrate on moisturizers that penetrate and hydrate.

Avoid Face Oils

Although many believe otherwise, face oils do not moisturize.  Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, cosmetic dermatologists explains why, “The bad news is that face oil doesn’t penetrate the skin….. it can give you a glow and add a protective layer from wind and outside forces.  But it won’t hydrate the same way a cream or ointment will.”  He suggests applying an emollient moisturizer to seal in hydrate, with a cream moisturizer over it.

Use a Humidifier

Places warmed by dry heat will dry out your skin.  Humidifiers let you adjust the moisture level in your environment.  A fifty percent humidity level is recommended for best results, however, if you don’t have a humidifier, a tray of water on your radiator will do just as well.

Short Baths and Showers

Try to keep bath and shower water lukewarm and keep bathing time down.  Dr. Frank explains, “Water is not hydrating to your skin.  It can be the enemy if you have dry skin.  It’s the natural oils that you want,” and water washes away natural oils. Dr. Macrene-Alexiades, cosmetologist, warns, “If the water you use on your skin is too hot, it will dilate capillaries in order to cool itself, resulting in redness.”

Moisturize, Moisturize!

After showering or washing your face, Dr. Alexiades says, “You cannot get your moisturizer on quick enough,” but adds, “You don’t want your face to be wet  because that will dilute the product, but your skin can be slightly damp.” Adds Dr. Frank, “Pores are most open after (skin’s) been washed.  They’re like mouths that are open to be fed.”

Eat More Fish

Less on the face oils, more on the fish oils.  Keep skin supple with Omega-3s, as are found in salmon, anchovies, sardines, halibut, and sablefish.  Not a fish person?  Take fish oil capsules.  Also, Dr. Perricone suggests you avoid alcohol, as it causes dehydration and coffee, which is a diuretic.

Now, ready to put on the strapless number?  Go for it!  But maybe take a faux fur for the coat check!  Let us know how your bearing/ baring the cold!  We love to hear it!

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Touch Up Your Skin Care Regimen

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The New Year rolls around, and with that brings thoughts of change.  Not necessarily major overhauls, but maybe doing things a little differently, a little better; taking a closer look at some of your old habits and routines, and just seeing if you can put a new spin on them.  Take your skincare routine, for instance.  You may be doing everything right, but it never hurts to take the time and look at how you might add a few finishing touches and techniques that will bring the extra wow factor. Here are a few tips that might help you bring a little more sparkle into your skin in the New Year.


Luke-warm water is a better cleansing alternative to hot water, as hot water tends to be drying Try not to use a lot of water with your cleanser; water will just dilute the cleansing power and make the active ingredients weaker and less effective.  For best results, use a makeup remover, or just water, to get most of your makeup off.  When the water begins to run clear, squeeze a nickel-sized portion of cleanser onto your moistened hands, apply it to your face and massage it in for one minute using gentle circular motions.  This will let the cleanser seep in,  giving the active ingredients time to penetrate.

It is also a good idea to use active cleanser at night to prepare skin for pm skincare and a gentler cleanser during the day to leave your acid mantle in the best condition to protect your skin against the environmental elements.


Cotton pads or gauze are better than cotton balls when it comes to applying toner. Pads remove dirt, oil, and dead skin, leaving your skin better prepared to reap the benefits of your serum.

Applying Serum

Believe it or not, there is a correct way to use your serums.  Antioxidant serums should be applied in the morning to give your skin all-day protection from the elements.  Use peptide -rich and exfoliating serums at night for nourishment and renewal. Also, apply serums in order of consistency, from thinnest to thickest. Thicker serums will block the thinner ones from penetrating the skin and should be applied last.


Moisturizers should be applied using upward motions to help fight the gravitational effects.  It is also a good idea to let the lotion sit on your skin for a few minutes before you apply your makeup, to allow it to sink in. Also, make sure you are using a moisturizer that contains SPF for maximum skin protection.

Skin Consultation

Some spas and beauty boutiques offer skin consultations as a complimentary service, one which you may want to take advantage of.  These services usually consist of a 15-minute meeting during which a specialist examines your skin using a magnifying lamp and then gives you expert advice about the products you should be using. That way, you won’t spend money and time on trial and error.

How do you touch up your skin routine? Share your skin secrets with us. We love to hear how you keep yourself looking so great.

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Diminish Fine Lines with Skin Care and Makeup

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There is nothing you can do to completely stop the aging process, but there are things you can do to slow it down or to reduce the appearance of aging. Visible signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles can be a major source of frustration, but with the proper skin care and makeup tools and techniques, you can seriously diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Keep reading to find out what products, ingredients and steps you should be including in your effort to diminish the appearance of fine lines.

Skin Care

  • Exfoliate Regularly – Exfoliating is an important part of an anti-aging skin care routine, because it removes the dead skin cells that clog up the surface layer of your skin. When these dead skin cells accumulate, your skin looks tired and dull, which emphasizes any fine lines and wrinkles you have. Alpha-hydroxy acids, like glycolic or lactic acids, are an excellent way to gently slough away the buildup of dead skin cells and other debris. Aim to exfoliate once or twice a week to keep your skin looking healthy and radiant, which will go a long way in reducing the appearance of fine lines.

  • Use Retinol – Retinol is an anti-aging superstar and it is frequently endorsed by dermatologists for its ability to diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles. In addition to helping reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, retinol also helps your skin look more even and it helps reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Uneven skin tone in conjunction with hyperpigmentation and fine lines result in an old-looking face, and retinol can help to turn back time and give your skin a more even, firm and glowing appearance.

  • Moisturize – Your skin needs moisture and the older you get, the more moisture it needs. Be sure to apply moisturizer twice a day and look for one with hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid draws moisture out of the surrounding air and pulls it into your skin. When this happens, your fine lines are “plumped” up and are far less significant looking than before using a moisturizer. Moisturizing is also an absolute must before you move on to your makeup routine. Properly moisturizing your face helps your makeup to glide onto your skin smoothly and to eradicate dry, rough patches of skin that your makeup may cling to.


  • Use a Primer – If you think primers are just marketing hype, you will want to reconsider this notion. Effective primers help  your makeup apply evenly, blur fine lines, wrinkles and pores and help you achieve a more flawless makeup look. As you age your makeup tends to settle into fine lines or pores which result in exaggeration of your signs of aging. Primers add an extra layer of protection between your face and your makeup and essentially “fill in” your fine lines. To further reduce the appearance of fine lines, look for a primer that has light reflecting particles to add a natural radiance to your skin.

  • Skip Powder – Powders are ubiquitous in the makeup world, but as you age you may want to start phasing powders out of your routine. A very lightweight translucent powder is still great for setting your foundation and a powder that contains light reflecting particles can have a brightening effect, but proceed with caution. Powder foundations and pressed powders have a tendency to settle into your fine lines, so if you continue to use a powder, use it very lightly and only on areas where you absolutely need it, like your T-zone.

  • Pick Foundation Carefully – In addition to getting rid of your powder foundations, you want to look carefully at the liquid formulas you use as well. It can be tempting to reach for maximum coverage if you want to hide your age, but doing so can end up backfiring. Less really is more as you age, and you might want to swap your full coverage foundation for something lighter. Tinted moisturizers, BB and CC creams are all great options for aging skin because they provide coverage, but also soothe and moisturize aging skin.

The proper skin care routine and makeup products can significantly impact the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Use these ingredients, products and tips to help reduce signs of aging and to achieve a more radiant and youthful-looking face.

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